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Historical Society of Michigan recognizes volunteer Don Sanborn with 2019 State History Award

We are excited to announce that long time Air Zoo volunteer and docent, Donald Sanborn, will be honored Friday, September 27, 2019, at the State History Awards Banquet in Ludington, MI. Don will be receiving the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award, presented by the Historical Society of Michigan as part of the 2019 Michigan History Conference.  

Picture of Don SanbornThe 2019 State History Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service will be given to Donald H. Sanborn of Portage for his decades of service to promoting and preserving the history of the state. Sanborn has spent his life dedicated to volunteer service. He helped found the Schoolcraft Historical Society and played a key role in restoring the Nathan Thomas Underground Railroad House. In recent years, Sanborn has become a popular volunteer guide at the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum in Kalamazoo. He has contributed almost 10,000 hours as a docent providing tours of the Air Zoo; served on several committees; researched candidate biographies for the Air Zoo’s annual enshrinement of the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame; and written dozens of articles for the museum’s newsletter.  - taken from the HSMichigan.org news release

The Society presents the State History Awards every year to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation, collection, preservation and/or promotion of state and local history. The awards are the highest recognition presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s official historical society. The Michigan History Conference explores significant people, places and events in Michigan’s past through a diverse offering of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, workshops and tours. Each year, the conference moves to a different location to feature the local history of that area and to address notable statewide historical matters; the event was hosted in Kalamazoo in 2013. Registration closes Sept. 20, 2019. 

The Historical Society of Michigan is the state’s oldest cultural organization, founded in 1828 by territorial governor Lewis Cass and explorer Henry Schoolcraft. A nongovernmental nonprofit, the Society focuses on publications, conferences, education, awards and recognition programming, and support for local history organizations to preserve and promote Michigan’s rich history.

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